" As someone thinks within himself, so he is."

Proverbs 23:7

365 Days of Contemplation for
Mind & Soul.

Today's Reflection.

      You can’t control what other people do, you can only control what you do – and how you react to what others do – so creating change in your world begins and ends with creating change in yourself. As someone wise once said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Instead of wasting energy being angry at the world and frustrated by the actions of others, turn your attention to your own thoughts and actions and consider how they influence the world around you.

 

      Are you living your life in a way that betters your world, or are you unwittingly getting in your own way by remaining enslaved to outside influences? Your ego, keeping up with the Joneses, winning the approval of others, and chasing material aspirations are all follies that prevent you from achieving a life and a world that truly matters.

  • Aspire to rise above the pressures of society and choose to live a more meaningful life.

  • Don’t aspire to be better that the other person, but aspire to be better than your previous self.

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My Story

Hi. I'm Robert - father, husband, author, wannabe philosopher, wannabe many things...deep thinker, big dreamer.

 

Why am I here? What brought you here? We all have our stories; right? To think, every decision you have ever taken has lead you to this page. Scary isn't it! The bottom line is that we all are where we are today due to decisions and actions we have taken to this point. Sounds common sense, but sometimes common sense is not so common, with this consequence of actions, a lesson learnt too late in life. You see, I pretty much have taken so much for granted in the past. You do that when you are young and healthy and a bit; dare I say - stupid. Well, I am not so young anymore and unfortunately not so healthy anymore as well. Not so stupid anymore too - but don't ask my wife that!

 

What happened to me, you might ask? Well, my life recently change dramatically. I got diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the ripe old age of 40 (T1D usually is associated with adolescence). Unknown at the time that being diagnosed at such an older age is uncommon; what probably is even more uncommon is the fact that I got diagnosed on my wedding day of all days. As a typical bloke - at the time I thought nothing of my symptoms leading up to that day, thinking that it might just be wedding nerves. But, I was told that if my wife (of two hours) - and me with a blood sugar level of 33; did not phone the ambulance; that I was minutes away from a diabetic coma and who knows what after that...Not many people can say they had an ambulance for a wedding car. Pretty cool actually...

 

Being diagnosed with T1D changed my life in so many ways. Not only do I have to inject myself four times a day with insulin just to stay alive; having to learn about nutrition, carb counting, and no more Red Bulls; it made me finally realise how special but delicate life really is and how quickly it can change. Tbh - I would go as far as to say that diabetes saved my life! Paradox right! Even though alive; I did not truly live life to the full. Why do we have to wait till a disaster hits to start appreciating the amazing opportunities we have? But, it is what it is for me and doesn't need to be for you! This life changing event gave me a new thirst for knowledge; a drive to become a better version of myself - the best version of myself; always aiming for higher standards and to never settle for average. To only ever be content with the outcome, when I know I did my very best. Daily reflection on positive thoughts and improvement philosophies has played a huge part in establishing my new aspirations.

 

So, where am I today? Well, over the last few years I have read, listened too and studied well over 300 books on philosophy, psychology, self-help etc. They say that reading a good book is like having a conversation with the author. I then had the privilege of having had some truly inspirational and in-depth conversations with some of the greatest thought leaders in history. Awesome right? Reflecting deeply on these conversations allowed me to focus my energy fully on areas that required attention; which there were plenty of and still is... It is also the results of all the thinking behind this book. 

For me, one of the biggest values of positive daily reflection is that you can change how you see yourself, how you feel about certain situations and, in the end, how you act. New thoughts can lead to new emotions and consequently to new actions and new habits. That way, positive daily reflection really helped me stay focused, flexible, happy and wise. It's certainly a big part of my daily habits, and I would recommend it to be part of yours too!

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